What is it?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new support scheme for those with permanent disability of a significant nature.
Australia has a population of more than 4.3 million people who have a disability, so it’s important to recognise them and provide the right level of support and care.
The National Disability Insurance scheme is intended to support Australian’s under 65 and when roll-out has been completed should have a positive impact on the lives of more than 460,000 Australian’s. Many of the people that the National Disability Insurance Scheme is aiming to benefit have never had access to the kind of support that they need.
The aim of the scheme is to provide people with a disability access to a long list of services that include doctors, community support groups, sporting clubs, school, libraries and information.
NDIS Occupational Therapy will be supported for eligible patients.
Am I eligible?
The key criteria to be eligible for NDIS Occupation Therapy is that you must be under 65 and you must have a disability that impacts your ability to do everyday activities.
There are other requirements however; you must be for instance an Australian resident living within Australia. You might also be asked about your support requirements, such as your use of special equipment, need for regular support from other people or need for support to reduce your future needs.
The best way to ensure that you are eligible for NDIS Occupation Therapy is to visit the website online to look at their checklist or contact them directly.
Is it available in my area?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is still in the process of being rolled out and isn’t yet available everywhere across Australia (it hasn’t yet been rolled out in Western Australia for example). The scheme will be available to all eligible participants by the year 2020, but in the meantime there are some restrictions around the age to access in certain areas.
Currently the scheme has been rolled out to more than 200,000 people. If you’re not sure if it’s in your area yet check their roll out map online.
What services are covered for NDIS Occupational Therapy?
The benefits of this service can be great for people with a disability as it helps people to take part in everyday activities, modify their environments and participate in their local communities.
NDIS occupational therapy covers services such as help and support with;
· Assistive technology such as aids and equipment
· Modifying the home environment
· Modifying vehicles
· Personal care needs
· Housing assessments
· Mobility training
· Assistance with transport needs
· Support with employment and training needs
· Help with child development goals
· Life planning and help with achieving personal goals
NDIS Occupational Therapy covers a realm of important areas and has the potential to greatly improve the lives of people with a disability who may have previously never have been able to access the care that they need.
How do I get NDIS Occupational Therapy?
The first step is that you must be approved for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Once your application has been improved you will be eligible to access a number of services. Contact a planner or coordinator for your local area, they can help with planning you needs and putting you into contact with service providers near your home.
You are given choice and control with the scheme, so if you would like to choose then the choice of provider is yours.
This new program is already making a difference in the lives of many Australian’s living with a disability and stands to make a difference to many more on completion of the roll-out.